Sandra Lee dated former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for 14 years. But if anyone was still in doubt about the romance between the chef and her hot young actor-fiancé Ben Youcef, she says loud and clear that their relationship is both strong and sexy. They first confirmed their relationship in August 2021, according to People, and have been inseparable ever since — though they’ve handled more than their fair share of drama and gossip in the meantime.
For example, there was the fact that Youcef was still married to his ex-wife when he and Lee got engaged, according to Page Six, and was in the middle of an ugly custody battle.
But despite all of that, these two are determined to show the world that they are very happy together. A source told People in January, “They’re happier than ever.” And a recent Instagram post from Lee seems to confirm that.
Sandra Lee posted a kissing selfie on Instagram
It looks like Sandra Lee and Ben Youcef are still going strong based on Lee’s recent Instagram post. “Romantic sunset cruise on Lake Como before partying with my Ben,” she captioned a photo of the two kissing. “So romantic and special for my birthday!! Happy Birthday – may your kisses be filled with love and passion. So far I love 56! So thankful… Xoxo Sandy.” We love love and passion!
Lee also posted a second birthday selfie with her partner on Instagram, writing, “Having the brightest birthday ever, celebrating my 56th birthday on Lake Como.” The TV chef didn’t even seem to mind that her vacation spot almost has a name shared with her ex Andrew Cuomo. She continued, gushed, “Villa d’Este is literally the most beautiful hotel I have ever seen. On my birthday, Ben and I visited the neighboring village of Torno and made sure to stop at a beautiful little church for a blessing before my 3rd of July party.”
This is a couple who clearly love a romantic European vacation. According to the New York Post, they got engaged in August 2021 in Paris, where they were spotted snogging across the city. Good for you.